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Elon Musk Voices Discontent Over Windows 11 Setup Requirements

Elon Musk criticizes Windows 11's mandatory Microsoft account for setup, sparking debate about user privacy and control


Twitter/X, Tesla, and Neuralink owner Elon Musk has expressed dissatisfaction with the Windows 11 operating system’s requirement for a Microsoft account (MSA) during setup. Musk revealed his frustration after attempting to install Windows 11 on a newly purchased laptop, only to discover that the process mandated the creation of an MSA, seemingly limiting user choice and raising privacy concerns.

User Privacy Concerns Highlighted

In a message shared with his followers on X, Musk pointed out his discomfort with the necessity of giving Microsoft’s AI, Copilot, access to his computer’s data through the creation of an MSA. He reminisced about a time when users could opt out of signing into or creating a Microsoft account, questioning if others had encountered similar hurdles. This aspect of the setup process has sparked a broader discussion regarding user privacy and the extent of data access by tech giants.

Workarounds and Industry Response

The integration of the MSA requirement originally began appearing in Windows Insider builds around February 2022, gradually extending to wider user groups over the year. In response to user feedback and inquiries like Musk’s, there are ways to install the OS without a MSA.

Check out our complete guide to installing Windows 11 without a Microsoft Account. Additionally, third-party software utilities such as Rufus, Ventoy, and WinToUSB have gained popularity for facilitating a workaround to the Microsoft account and internet connectivity prerequisites during Windows 11 setup.

Through these developments and high-profile criticism, the tech community continues to debate the balance between enhancing user experience through interconnected services and maintaining an individual’s right to privacy and choice during software installation processes. As such, Elon Musk’s critique adds a significant voice to ongoing discussions about user agency in the face of tech companies’ evolving policies.

Luke Jones
Luke Jones
Luke has been writing about all things tech for more than five years. He is following Microsoft closely to bring you the latest news about Windows, Office, Azure, Skype, HoloLens and all the rest of their products.

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